Beavis and Butt-Head Do America: Special Edition (1996)
PG-13 Dir: Mike Judge and Yvette Kaplan | Paramount | 80 min.

Review By: Matt Brighton | January 28th, 2012

Plot: What’s it about?

Has it been ten years already? Wow. Where does the time go? Waaaaay back in December of 1996, I was still in college (but thankfully seeing the light at the end of the tunnel) and still the movie buff then as I am now. “Beavis and Butt-Head” was a staple of MTV, which at the time, still played music videos. There was a two to three year span in which the duo were literally everywhere and there wasn’t a damn thing anyone could do to escape them. Dumb as stumps, the duo was the spokespeople for the MTV generation at the time and wouldn’t you know it, no one really thought there was anything wrong with that. As any fan knows, the series started out as a series of shorts on MTV and was created by Mike Judge, better-known for directing the cult classic “Office Space”. Judge voiced both Beavis (the blond one) and Butt-Head (the other one) and it catapulted him (Judge) to instant stardom. But enough about that…after a few years on the small screen, “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America” premiered and was a financial success for Paramount. Here’s what to expect…

In typical fashion, the plot of the 80 minute movie is so simple that even Beavis and Butt-Head could understand it (well, after having it explained to them four or five times). The boys seemed to have dozed off while watching their beloved television and it was stolen. Their goal: get it back. As they make their way around town, gathering clues, they run into Muddy Grimes (voiced by Bruce Willis) who leads them to believe that they’ll not only find their television but also be able to “score” with his wife, Dallas (voiced by Demi Moore – back when the two were still married). Naturally Beavis and Butt-Head love this as they’ll get their set back and, of course, huh huh huh huh, score! The movie follows the two on their adventure as they manage to ruin the Hoover Dam, party in Las Vegas and cause commotion along every step of the way. Yes folks, this is what movies had come to…ain’t it great!

“Beavis and Butt-Head Do America” was a financial success and though it didn’t really spawn any sequels, it cemented a spot in Pop Culture for the pair. Odds are that we won’t really see much of Beavis and Butt-Head in the future, but what we do have is the past and this new Special Edition greatly improves over the previous DVD release. For those out there who know what to expect, this delivers and for those that are curious well, it’s only 80 minutes of your life you’re sacrificing – it could be worse.

Video: How does it look?

“Beavis and Butt-Head Do America” is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and has been anamorphically enhanced. This seems to be a bit better picture than the original DVD, as it looks a bit cleaned up. Now granted, this doesn’t hold a candle to some of the newer animation movies out there as this movie (and the television series that preceded it) were all “classic” animation, meaning that they were hand-drawn. Colors are very strong and vibrant and though the movie is ten years old, it’s hard to tell. For those wanting the ultimate Beavis and Butt-Head experience, this is about as close as you’ll come.

Audio: How does it sound?

The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is the same one as on the previous DVD and I was surprised at how good it sounded. There is a night and day difference between the television show and the movie and this 5.1 soundtrack is the thing that impressed me the most. Dialogue is very clean, you get to hear every snicker that B and B have to offer. The movie, obviously, sports a very good soundtrack and a few of the songs are played in full 5.1 during key points of the movie. If Beavis in Butt-Head in Dolby Digital 5.1 is what you were after, the wait is over.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The label “Special Collector’s Edition” is rather hit or miss when it comes to Paramount’s re-releases. Thankfully this one is a hit. The previous DVD only contained a trailer, but this one ups the ante significantly. First off is a commentary track by directors Mike Judge and Yvette Kaplan in which they dish the dirt on the movie. Judge even slips into character a few times during the track. It’s informative, but not mind-blowing. There’s a retrospective look back at the movie entitled “The Big Picture” as well as a piece on the music used in the movie. It’s aptly-titled “We’re Gonna Score”. “The Smackdown” is a montage of all of the literally slaps or fights in the movie, I had no idea there were so many. The same TV spots and trailers are also included as well. If you don’t own the movie, this is the version to get and it looks good enough and has enough supplements that the “true” fans will want to upgrade to version 2.0.

Disc Features
  • (1.85:1) Aspect Ratio
  • Video Codec: MPEG-2
  • Audio: Dolby Digital
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scene(s)
  • Featurette
  • Documentary
  • Digital Copy
  • 1 Disc Set
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